Specialists in defection law defect to another firm Practicing what they practice.

Posted: March 27, 2007

Aah, but did they sign a non-compete?

An Atlanta-based law firm has lured away three law partners who specialize in employee raiding and non-compete agreements. They formerly were partners at Saul Ewing L.L.P., of Philadelphia.

Christopher Stief will be managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Fisher & Phillips L.L.P., which has 190 lawyers in 18 cities. Joining Stief are former Saul Ewing partners David W. Erb and Michael R. Greco, as well as three other Saul lawyers, Susan M. Guerette and Risa B. Boerner - both of counsel - and Heather Zalar Steele, an associate.

Stief, Erb and Greco have a national practice focusing on litigation of recruitment issues, including employee defections, trade secrets, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements, unfair competition, and computer fraud. Fisher & Phillips exclusively represents management in its labor and employment practice.

Stief and Greco represented WMMR radio personalities Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison and Greater Media, owners of WMMR-FM (93.3), when they wanted to be released from the non-compete agreement they had signed with Radio One Inc., which operated Y100. The duo moved to WMMR after Radio One pulled them off the air and substituted a hip-hop format on the 100.3 dial spot.

Contact staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen at 215-854-2769 or jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

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